Nature as Knowledge

The politics of science, open data, and environmental media platforms

Authored by: Inka Salovaara

The Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138283053
eBook ISBN: 9781315270449
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The year 2016 was the hottest on record, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In September 2016, when the U.S. presidential election race was in full swing, NASA’s environmental data showed that the human species was living in the warmest era in modern temperature monitoring. This was followed by months of environmental anomalies. Later in 2017, President-elect Donald Trump ordered the elimination of all federally funded climate change research, as a part of his aim to eradicate “politicized science”. Shortly afterwards, NASA’s Earth Science Division faced funding cuts as the political priority moved from climate change to the exploration of deep space. Under the new U.S. political reality, climate change was a ‘hoax’, and the president mandated that all data from scientists should go through administrative review before it was released to the public.

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